50% of all proceeds from the sale of Suzanne's book are donated to the Third World Eye Care Society, a group of doctors who travel to third world countries bringing thousands of pairs of glasses and operating for free.
I will do a drawing for anyone leaving a comment to win a free copy of Suzanne’s book.
A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.
Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns’ horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of wealth – even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to outsmart Ishmael before it’s too late.
1.) Tell us something interesting about yourself AND/OR your favorite character.
I was trained as a professional musician and spent the first part of my adult life composing music and gigging around town. I composed music for a lot of plays as well as the CBC and the Knowledge Network. But alas, I didn’t like the meagre pay and staying up all night in recording studios, so I drifted into education where I stayed for twenty years.
2.) What was your favorite book as a teen? Tell us about it and how it affected you as a person.
I was a serious Lucy Maude Montgomery fan. I loved her character Anne Shirley because she gave me an ideal to live up to. Another memorable book read when I was fifteen, was Gone With the Wind, but you’ll be glad to know I didn’t relate to Scarlet O’Hara in the tiniest bit. She horrified me.
3.) Tell us about the genre you have chosen to write for. Why do write specifically for them?
I was an elementary music teacher, and sometimes I got to killing time at the end of the class. Well, one day, I made up a story because we had five minutes left over. The kids really dug it. After that, they kept asking for stories all the time. It became my way of disciplining all my classes. I’d tell them, “If you’re really good, I’ll tell you a story at the end of class.” It worked.
4.) Tell us about your new book. How did it come about and share your favorite excerpt/scene.
Believe it or not, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy was based on a novella I wrote in grade six. I always kept that little book with me all me life, moving it around from apartment to apartment, to my present-day home. Then, somewhere in my teens, I rewrote the first four chapters, developing it, and then promptly forgot about it – until I found it again in an old, dusty box. My favourite scene is probably the last chapter. I bawled my eyes out as I wrote it and I still cry when I read it. But I can’t tell you what it is. You have to read the book.
5.) How has writing affected your life? And what’s your favorite part of being a writer?
I love writing. I love sitting around pushing words. It takes me away without taking me away from my kids.
6.) What advice can you give regarding the writing process?
Write what you feel. Take it from the very depths of your soul, and don’t worry too much about what other people think.
7.) Regarding publication and marketing, what advice can you offer aspiring writers?
Don’t advertise your book. People feel awful when someone is trying to sell them something. Just try to be interesting, and all else will follow. And, BTW, never give up.
8.) How can your fans find, follow or friend you?
They can ‘like’ my FB page at www.facebook.com/unicorngirl52
They can follow my blog at http://suzannesthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.ca
They can check out my website at http://www.suzannedemontigny.com
9. Buy now on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/unicorntale
Or at Muse It Up Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/museunicorn
Thank you, Suzanne, and best of luck with your wonderful book.